The Labyrinth of Sacred Union

This interpretation of the Medieval  labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral is recreated in turf and stone paviors and set  in a clearing amongst trees in the grounds of Tofte Manor Spiritual Sanctuary and Retreat near Bedford.

Buried beneath the grass paths, a copper pipe carries water to the centre of the labyrinth before spiralling over a large quartz crystal. It then returns to a tap from which labyrinth walkers may drink the water energised by the sacred patterning of the labyrinth.

The elements are all represented: Air above the labyrinth, earth and water below, fire (symbolised by stainless steel mirrored tetrahedrons on the circumference of the labyrinth) and spirit by the elestial smoky quartz crystal set below the centre.

The ‘Tofte Labyrinth’ was Highly Commended in the 2007 Annual Awards of The Association of Professional Landscapers. The labyrinth and gardens at Tofte Manor are open to the public (see www.toftemanor.co.uk  for details)

Labyrinth Facts

Design Jeff Saward and Andrew Wiggins in collaboration with  Suzy  Castleman (client).
Construction The Labyrinth Builders, October 2004
Style Medieval, reinterpretation of Chartres Cathedral labyrinth
Circuits 11
Diameter 14.4m (114% scale to the original)
Distance to the centre 281m
Paths Turf 360mm wide
Number of paviors 5000
Other Over 560m of copper water pipe buried beneath the labyrinth

 

 

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A birds eye view through the leaves of an overhanging ash tree
A birds eye view through the leaves of an
overhanging ash tree

A light dusting of snow lends an ethereal quality to the grass paths
A light dusting of snow lends an ethereal
quality to the grass paths

Approaching the labyrinth the four fold design is revealed
Approaching the labyrinth the four fold
design is revealed

Lanterns create a magical night time scene
Lanterns create a magical night time scene

Copper pipes which carry water around the labyrinth paths are exposed during construction
Copper pipes which carry water around the
labyrinth paths are exposed during construction

 
A light dusting of snow lends an ethereal quality to the grass paths
A birds eye view through the leaves of an overhanging ash tree
Approaching the labyrinth the four fold design is revealed
Lanterns create a magical night time scene
Copper pipes which carry water around the labyrinth paths are exposed during construction